Autumn in the garden at Mottisfont
Our gardens are ablaze with colour in autumn, from late September through to November. The stately trees which frame our house and grounds are crowned with red, orange and gold shades.
Mottisfont is home to the National Collection of plane trees, including the great plane - thought to be the largest of its kind in Britain. Framing the east side of the house, this veteran tree boasts a dazzling autumn display to greet you as you enter our grounds.
Follow hidden paths beside the winding font stream to discover a more secretive glade of autumn colour, where yellow birch trees drop golden leaves to drift with the current.
Chestnut trees lining the upper half of our main pathway glow with yellow-orange leaves. Another star of our colourful show is the hornbeam, which explodes into a canopy of orange and scarlet. Two tulip trees also come into their own during this season, as their acid green summer foliage turns a magnificent pale gold.
In the walled gardens, our once-flowering roses have left behind colourful, ornamental fruits, or 'heps'. These brighten the gardens at this time of year, and provide local birds with an important source of food.
We've created an innovative new Kitchen Garden here, planted with curiously shaped gourds and seasonal veg.